Current Recommendations for Booklovers— Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

At the Stroke of Nine O'Clock by Jane Davis

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Another triumph from award-winning indie Jane Davis. This gloriously gritty novel engages head-on with a post-war London struggling to re-boot itself and wider society." -BurfoBookish. A working-class hostess, a Hollywood actress beset by scandal and a reclusive duchess. At first glance, they have little in common - but their lives are about to collide. "An extraordinary novel so rich and detailed you emerge feeling as if you've just watched a classic film." -J J Marsh, author. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Einstein's Theory of the Blues by Kathy Egbert

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Another amazing work from this author. I love the way this author so beautifully connects with human emotions. Couldn’t put the book down." -2020 Amazon reviewer. A compelling story interwoven with flashbacks to a traumatic childhood and monologues from a missing mother. Art student Teresa Chace is curating an Einstein exhibition when she wonders about the fate of Lieserl, Einstein's 'missing' daughter. "...paints a beautiful story and pulls you in so much." -KP From $4.99 SHOP NOW


The Contract by Sheila Grinell

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“An engrossing exploration of personal and political issues” -Kirkus. When married designers Joanna and Ev are invited to design a children's museum in Riyadh, they must sort through their divergent goals and desires. "Anyone with an interest in how a strong, smart, ambitious, and talented woman lives a complicated personal and professional life will enjoy this book." -Amazon reviewer From $8.69 SHOP NOW


Dreams for Stones by Ann Warner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A book seldom grips the emotions as powerfully as this Indie Next Generation Book Award finalist. Dreams for Stones tells the story of a man caught in grief and guilt after his wife’s death and a woman who’s learned through a lifetime of separations to let go too easily. It takes all the magic of serendipity, old diaries, and a children’s story to heal these two…“an incredibly vivid and emotional tale of love and loyalty, friendship, loss, and faith despite seemingly overwhelming odds.” -BookList From $0 SHOP NOW


Middle Ageish by Shirley Goldberg

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“Holy. Freakin. Wow. The chemistry is electric and the banter is witty and flows naturally.” -Amazon Review. Sunny Chanel jumps into online dating, twenty-three years and twenty pounds after her last date. Dating might require a helmet and armor to protect her heart. But she's middle-aged not dead. “This book had so many feels…you laugh and cry with the characters.” -Goodreads Review From $2.99 SHOP NOW


A Plan in Case of Morning by Phill Provance

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A little myth with a Midwestern twang." -Diane Seuss. A reimagining of what it is to be a man today that is simultaneously memoir, poetry, and verse novel. A contemporary hero tale that is at once radically experimental and wholly grounded in tradition. "Here is a book that deserves a cordial welcome." -Alfred Corn. "This collection of poems is just as dynamic in its last poem as in its first and rich with form." -Jacinda Townsend. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Leaning Into the Abyss by Amie McCracken

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Maybe it’s always the path not taken which glitters? Rhea’s life choices challenge us to look at our own afresh and distinguish between obstacles and excuses." -The 13th Sign. My husband died on our wedding day. Fell off a cliff while my best friend Luke watched. I plummeted into a world of nightmares. "An absorbing short read with a depth greater than its length might suggest." -Debbie Young From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Nowhere Near Goodbye by Barbara Conrey

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Conrey’s beautifully written novel probes the choices we make—and the choices we regret, and she does it with grace and aplomb." Caroline Leavitt, NY Times Bestselling Author. Nowhere Near Goodbye is a story of family, failure, and second chances. "This stunning, powerful novel will shatter your heart and put it back together piece by piece." #1 Bestselling Author Samantha M. Bailey. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Peculiar Savage Beauty by Jessica McCann

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“...gripping, atmospheric.” Publishers Weekly. Kansas, 1930s Dust Bowl: A headstrong young geologist intent on healing the land must find her place in a small farming town that welcomes neither a woman in authority nor changes to their way of life. Inspired by historical events, this is a parable about man’s quest to dominate the land and nature’s refusal to be conquered, about unlikely alliances and unexpected love. “McCann has crafted an unforgettable novel.” Booklist. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Playground Zero by Sarah Relyea

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“An exceptional piece of literary fiction that puts Sarah Relyea in a league of her own.” Readers’ Favorite. When the Rayson family leaves the East Coast for the gathering anarchy of 1960s Berkeley, young Alice embraces the moment in a hippie paradise that’s fast becoming a cultural ground zero. “The anti-cliché...captivatingly true and surprising.” Amazon Review. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Daisy by Pat Backley

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Sit back and relax, escape for a little while into the world of Daisy." "What I ask for when I pick up a book." Daisy is a gentle family saga, spanning almost 100 years, from 1887-1974. Set in Alabama, Harlem and London, it touches on some of the evils of society - poverty, racism and snobbery, as well as some of the greatest that life has to offer - family , friendship and love. "A novel for our times indeed." From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Lady of the Seven Suns: A Novel of the Woman Saint Francis Called Brother by Tinney Sue Heath

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Immerses the reader into medieval Italy." Historical Novel Review. Giacoma is blessed with intelligence, compassion, and a sense of humor, and she's going to need them all to befriend a saint. Based on real people and events, this is the absorbing story of a woman who must thread her way between duty and faith in her stubborn quest for grace. "Absolutely excellent and evocative novel!" Discovering Diamonds. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Genius story...characters you won't want to leave behind..." If your life might be another person's past...could they have the answers you need now? Carol is a pianist who has never needed anything but her talent – until an injury stops her playing. Terrified that it might end her career, she moves to the coast to convalesce. She becomes beguiled by glimpses of her next life – a healer. Does his life have any clues that can help her now? "Fresh, unpredictable...entirely convincing." From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Winner of the prestigious Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, selected by poet and MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Eleanor Wilner who says, "I'm so happy to have a manuscript that I believe in so powerfully, poetry with such a deep music. I love it." Impossibly young, this Russian immigrant makes the English language sing with the sheer force of his music, a wondrous irony, as Ilya Kaminsky has been deaf since the age of four. From $7.72 SHOP NOW


Political by Howard Richard Debs

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“Political is a modern-day potpourri of Americana...finding beauty in what can often seem hideous and always seeking to understand. In some ways reminiscent of Whitman, Debs seeks to uncover America’s poetic nature through our time of political strife and division.”—Emily Jo Scalzo, Ball State University. Debs’ previous book, Gallery, earned a 2017 Best Book Award and 2018 Book Excellence Award. “From the moment we open it, the book shatters expectations.” —Robbi Nester, Ph.D. UC Irvine. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Hawke's Point by Mark Willen

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“A thoughtful and thought-provoking literary novel with a genuinely interesting and suspenseful plot.” - Noah Weiss on Goodreads. Jonas Hawke, a recovering alcoholic with bouts of crankiness and sheer orneriness, may be past his prime, but he’s still a damned good lawyer. That’s why everyone in Beacon Junction turns to him for advice when something goes wrong. And plenty does—murder, adultery, corporate conspiracy—everything you’d expect from a small, sleepy Vermont town. From $4.97 SHOP NOW


Tender Cuts by Jayne Martin

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“A badass writer if ever there was one.” -Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018. Fans of Joy Williams and Raymond Carver will see their influence in these 38 short tales: A six-year-old beauty pageant contestant strives to please a demanding mother; bored wives fall under the romantic spell of a lobster; a woman is fat-shamed by her dead mother; a widow carries her husband’s ashes around in Baggies. With pathos and humor, Martin speaks to the reader's own wounded heart. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Grace & Serenity by Annalisa Crawford

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“The writing is full of imagery with a touch of the paranormal … evoking a myriad of emotions.” Cathy Ryan, Between the Lines. After enduring an abusive marriage, living on the streets is terrifying and exhausting. Grace’s only comforts are a steady stream of vodka, and a strange little boy who’s following her around. “Annalisa Crawford has crafted a brilliant novel, and it is one I won’t forget for a while.” – Jessica Belmont. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


When the Shoe Fits by Mary T Wagner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“A frolic through reality, and there isn't a person alive who doesn't need that!” Kris Radish, author. This inspiring collection of essays combines humor, insight and grace under pressure, and holds the message that it’s never too late to make mid-course corrections! From chain saws to stilettos, motherhood to the Supreme Court, Wagner’s journey is a marvelous and empowering ride. A must-read for anyone who’s asked herself if there’s at least one more dream to reach for, and then answered YES! From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Down Goes Trump by George Thomas Clark

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In satirical style, the author combines news and creativity to portray many key characters during the four years of Donald Trump’s administration. Numerous historical figures such as Martin Luther King and General Robert E. Lee also return to offer their perceptions of a turbulent time. Prepare for a stimulating ride. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Without: Body, Name, Country by Meg Johnson

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Pick up this book and eat it, I mean love it, I mean eat it.” —Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), bestselling author of Why We Broke Up. In Meg Johnson’s third full length collection, Without: Body, Name, Country, strange experiences become familiar and familiar experiences become strange, as a human body, a sense of self, and an entire nation all teeter toward the verge of destruction. "A fierce, playful, unapologetic, and morally complex examination of life" Mark Leidner From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Gone Girl meets The Goldfinch - A mind-bendingly brilliant thriller that you don't want to miss." Book, Blog, and Candle. The disappearance of Dr. Jacob Boyce's wife sparks a dark and deadly search across Europe for a truth buried deep within. "The best book I've read in years." Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae Magazine. " "An emotionally powerful journey." Herald Scotland. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Eloquent and fiercely powerful." Kirkus Reviews. When life handed Nancy Sharp the unthinkable, she left all that she'd known in New York in order to build a new and more hopeful story in Colorado. Winner of the Colorado Book Award and Books for a Better Life finalist, Both Sides Now is a story of resilience and unexpected joy. Says New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood, "Nancy Sharp's hard-earned wisdom make this book essential reading for anyone facing adversity--which is all of us." From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Carry You by Glori Simmons

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Glori Simmons’s new book, Carry You, is a timely collection of linked short stories that examines how war shapes and distorts our understanding of family, friends, country, and self. Simmons draws out the humanity of her characters, their flaws and failings, their hopes and desires, and their dreams for the future. These stories show that the human capacity for violence, compassion, and love are not bound by time or place. From $8.69 SHOP NOW


A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith by Ilya Kaminsky, Katherine Towler

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Editors Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler have gathered conversations with nineteen of America’s leading poets, reflecting upon their diverse experiences with spirituality and the craft of writing. Bringing together poets who are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Native American, Wiccan, agnostic, and otherwise, this book offers frank and thoughtful consideration of themes too often polarized and politicized in our society. From $8.49 SHOP NOW